Sewing and motherhood are intertwined in the past 5 years of my life; being pregnant sparked my urge to make things and while I love staying at home with my 2 kids, crafting is my main outlet. Life after my first child looked much different than after my second child, so I’m joining Erin, Monserratt, and Jodi for a series called Ease In to Motherhood, which is “a sewists’ celebration of motherhood and the changes it brings to our lives. During the month of July, we invite you to share your experiences of the physical and mental changes of pregnancy, childbirth and/or any other way a child comes to your life.” Be sure to click over and read what other bloggers had to share for the series – and if you’re pregnant or parenting check out my other related posts:
I turned a boring toy into a colorful and modern doll stroller! Everyone who crafts and sews has a project they’ve started and stalled out on; when you’re a blogger it is even easier to get caught up in pattern tours and sponsored post deadlines. Recently, I’ve been intentionally turning things down and carving out time to finish some of the projects that I started or bought supplies for, and it feels great. I spray painted the frame for the diy doll stroller makeover, picked out a fabric, and then let the whole thing hang out under my cutting table for months. until now.
I had a hard time deciding which site to share this on, in addition to being passionate about crafts and sewing, I love being outdoors! I also run www.desmoinesoutdoorfun.com – a site designed at making it easier to get outside in my area. We’ve been doing weekly art experiments for over a year but they rarely make the blog because I typically don’t have time to take pictures in the midst of paint or glue. I’m sharing the Nature Art and Craft Printable Pack (affiliate link) that Penny from Mother Natured just released. Designed for kids ages 4-10, she says that “Inside, you’ll find printables to help support play, weaving, patterns, sensory development, fine motor skills, and most importantly, creative thinking! Nature appreciation is an underlying theme, because that’s the reason I made the pack in the first place!”. We had fun with the first activity we tried, this is a great idea to keep summer boredom at bay.
The Hipster Teddy Bear PDF sewing pattern is a modern teddy bear that both girls and boys will love. My daughter wanted a bear to sleep with and I didn’t love any of the patterns on the market, so I made one! Designed for confident beginners, it would be a perfect ‘first softie’ project. Appliqueing the face and turning the thinner limbs right side out can take a bit of patience, but it’s worth it!
A finished softie measures approximately 20” (50.8cm) from ear to toe – it’s a nice big bear that doesn’t use up a ton of fabric. The limbs are soft and squishy, making it perfect to drag along or hug.